In the aftermath of Khashoggi’s murder, Saudi influence machine whirs on in Washington – messenger

WASHINGTON – After the killing in October of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a handful of lobbying firms and think tanks made a move rare in Washington: They publicly severed ties with Saudi Arabia, swearing off the kingdom’s money.

But nine months later, Saudi Arabia’s efforts to influence U.S. policy continue unabated – bolstered by President Donald Trump’s embrace of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite a recent United Nations report that the prince was complicit in the grisly killing and dismemberment of the Washington Post contributing columnist and political dissident.

Since fall 2018, high-powered lobbyists and lawyers have reaped millions of dollars for assisting the kingdom as it works to develop nuclear power, buy American-made weapons and prolong U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen, foreign lobbying records show.

One Washington-based communications firm – whose parent company initially expressed concern when Khashoggi disappeared – recently

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In the aftermath of Khashoggi’s murder, Saudi influence machine whirs on in Washington – messenger

WASHINGTON – After the killing in October of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a handful of lobbying firms and think tanks made a move rare in Washington: They publicly severed ties with Saudi Arabia, swearing off the kingdom’s money.

But nine months later, Saudi Arabia’s efforts to influence U.S. policy continue unabated – bolstered by President Donald Trump’s embrace of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite a recent United Nations report that the prince was complicit in the grisly killing and dismemberment of the Washington Post contributing columnist and political dissident.

Since fall 2018, high-powered lobbyists and lawyers have reaped millions of dollars for assisting the kingdom as it works to develop nuclear power, buy American-made weapons and prolong U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen, foreign lobbying records show.

One Washington-based communications firm – whose parent company initially expressed concern when Khashoggi disappeared – recently

... read more at: https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/features/perspective/in-the-aftermath-of-khashoggi-s-murder-saudi-influence-machine/article_65b117aa-a410-11e9-b99c-0b63c265978a.html

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